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Unify in Cakewalk by Bandlab and a few improvements(?) to housekeeping.


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Whilst recently Unifying some VST libraries I noted the following:

1) If you select an author from the author list you cannot go back to a library in the library list. I had to shut down Unify to return to the library list.

2) The Tag and Categories list.... it would be useful to copy paste from the lists on the right when in entering the same new preset pane (or a tick box system).

3) After completely Unifying a library of sounds I realised I had got the authors name wrong. I then had to go through each preset again and change the name individually for each. A quick way of changing all entries in a library for such errors would be welcome.

4) When in stand-alone mode my keyboard controller is recognised and works with Unity. When in VST mode within my DAW (Cakewalk by Bandlab on Win10) it does not. I load Unify in as insert > soft synth like other VST's on the system all of which do not show this problem. I can place a midi file into the Unify track copied from another instrument track played in by my midi controller and it plays fine. I just cannot play Unify from within its instrument track in the same way. I've checked midi in/out channels and all seems fine there.

All in all I thank Shane and John for Unify it is such an inspirational piece of software. I'm very impressed.

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1) If you select an author from the author list you cannot go back to a library in the library list. I had to shut down Unify to return to the library list.

Ctrl-click to deselect items in any of the lists, or hit the Reset All button at the top. See https://pluginguru.net/unify/manual/doku.php?id=playing-patches#using_the_patch_selector

2) The Tag and Categories list.... it would be useful to copy paste from the lists on the right when in entering the same new preset pane (or a tick box system).

Interesting idea. I'll look into it.

3) After completely Unifying a library of sounds I realised I had got the authors name wrong. I then had to go through each preset again and change the name individually for each. A quick way of changing all entries in a library for such errors would be welcome.

I'm in the process of making a separate program to do this. Stay tuned.

4) When in stand-alone mode my keyboard controller is recognised and works with Unity. When in VST mode within my DAW (Cakewalk by Bandlab on Win10) it does not. I load Unify in as insert > soft synth like other VST's on the system all of which do not show this problem. I can place a midi file into the Unify track copied from another instrument track played in by my midi controller and it plays fine. I just cannot play Unify from within its instrument track in the same way. I've checked midi in/out channels and all seems fine there.

Unify VST works just fine in Cakewalk by Bandlab on Windows 10 here. Check Cakewalk's settings for the VST. Maybe they got changed to use a different MIDI channel, or something like that?


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Just to let you know i got one instance Unify working correctly in Cakewalk by Bandlab. Guess it was a PIC fault (person in chair!). 🤣 

Just a quickie I'm running an AMD Ryzen 3200 processor that has four core and four multithreads would you recommend I upgrade the processor? I ask this because I could only get one instance of Unify to run in my DAW.


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A four-core Ryzen CPU should be more than capable to run several Unify instances, provided you don't load them all up with many CPU-heavy plug-ins. What audio interface/driver are you using, and what is your buffer size?

Unify has a certain amount of overhead (see https://pluginguru.net/unify/manual/doku.php?id=cpu-meters) which can become dominant at small buffer sizes. I recommend a buffer size of 256 samples, but the optimum will depend on your hardware.


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Thanks for that Shane. I am using a Behringer UMC1820 with their own ASIO driver and a buffer size of 512 samples.

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A custom ASIO driver and buffer size of 512 should be more than adequate. What exactly happens when you try loading a second instance of Unify?


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I use Cakewalk by Bandlab on a 4 core Xeon w3565 3.2Ghz processor with 12Gb ram, in a 10 year old Dell Precision Workstation on Windows 10 64 bit, and I have no problem getting 10 (or more) instances of Unify, sometimes with multiple instances in several of them. I have managed to bring it to its knees, but only when I was REALLY pushing it.

How much memory do you have, and do you have SSD drives?

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Hi. Thanks for that info. I have 16Gb of memory a 1TB SSD (for OS and programs), ITB HDD for Cakewalk Content, Cakewalk Projects, 1TB HDD for Samples, Omnisphere STEAM folder and Unity, and 1TB external HDD for backup. I think it must have been a system glitch in my case. I ran CbB yesterday and had four instances of unity running no problem. This is only the third time I have tried running Unity in my DAW so it's early days yet. The first time I ran just one instance of Unity and was unable to play it from my master keyboard. My workaround that time was to play the part in using a different soft synth then copy paste the midi track back into the unity track.

Next day it was fine I could play Unity from my midi keyboard but when I loaded up the second instance of Unity I was unable to open anything in that one, like browser, library author etc. it was just frozen. Yesterday however all went fine with four instances of Unity running. If  the problem re-occurs I will see what if any unnecessary programs might be running in the background.

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